Yesterday, Hana changed our usual Sunday routine. Instead of our regular climb up the steps of Batu Caves and walk in the park, we chose to visit a hot spring.
It’s known as Selayang Hot Spring, a mere 15 minutes away from the city of Kuala Lumpur. At least, that’s how long I take to drive the distance.
Hana and I love visiting hot springs and have been doing so for the past few years. However, we have not done so very frequently as the one we used to go to, is almost 2 hours drive away.
The Selayang hot spring is only 30 minutes away from where we live, which makes it very convenient.
A quick Google search provided us with the necessary info about the hot spring but we later found out that some of the information were outdated. Can’t blame the authors though as they probably visited it once in the past few years.
I hope to provide more current information in due course as we plan to frequent it every weekend.
Selayang Hot Spring
The hot spring occupies a very small area, due to certain restrictions related to commercial development. There are only three wells, each with a different degree of heat.
The least popular well is well #3. The water is the least hot among the three wells.
That’s not the reason it is less popular. It is due to people submerging themselves in it.
We were told that people normally urinate in the well while soaking in it. Didn’t feel the need to find out for ourselves, so we avoided that one like the plague.
Well #2 was hot but tolerable once we got used to the heat. Glad it was hot enough to deter “soakers”. Most people use plastic dippers to scoop water from the well and bathe themselves with it. Someone offered me a small bucket saying it was more satisfying to when pouring more water.
Our favorite was well #1. The water was so hot that we had to pour it into buckets to let it cool a bit before bathing with it.
I found it amusing that many came prepared with huge tubs, and were happily sitting in them while chatting and enjoying a meal of sandwiches and fruits.
Reminded me of the “three men in a tub” nursery rhyme.
We didn’t have that in mind, so we brought one to fill up with water to cool it. Hana somehow managed to get into it as you can see from the photo. Needless to say, we’re looking to get two huge tubs for next week’s visit.
What we enjoyed most was the wonderful atmosphere there. People were friendly and all it took was a smile and before long we were chatting like old friends.
There was also a picnic-like atmosphere as families brought food with them. Children’s laughter filled the air as they splashed water on each other. Even toddlers did not miss out on the fun as they soaked in little buckets.
Most regulars are elderly people who frequent the hot spring because of its “health benefits”.
Many of them have their own stories of how their health has improved, and diseases cured.
One lady we met is said to be able to walk normally after suffering an illness that almost crippled her, thanks to regular use of water from the hot spring.
Another elderly lady who suffered a stroke is undergoing hot spring therapy. Her daughter and a maid help her as she takes slow careful steps towards the well where she sits on a plastic chair. The maid fills up several buckets with water while her daughter lovingly sponges her.
Her daughter later tells us her mom has shown improvement in the mobility of her affected arm and leg after several months of therapy. They visit the hot spring almost every day.
Some may scoff at such stories but I’m a firm believer that there is truth in everything and nothing is impossible. Does it work for everyone?
Of course not. Nothing does.
Hot springs have however long been known for the benefits they offer but that’s the topic of another blog post.
Here’s what renown Dr Andrew Weil has to say about the benefits of hot spring bath treatment or balneotherapy.
Thanks to local government, there is no charge to use the hot spring. So, for a small parking fee of RM2 ($0.70), you get to spend as much time as you like, be it for therapy and in our case, fun as well.